Working in the interior design industry for the past year, it's become known to me that the trend cycle is similar, if not identical, to fashion's. Something revolutionary happens, like crop tops, and early adopters are on it like white on rice. Then the masses discover it and all hell breaks loose. After it's completely saturated the market and reached its peak of popularity, the crop top then spirals into an abyss of over-abundance. Now nobody would be caught dead in a crop top, except the very, very late adopters, like your mom's friend or the girl in your class who got this great top for a total steal.
So, without further ado, please find the five interior design trends that have over-saturated their market and should be retired immediately, according to Editor-at-Large's Robert Niemennen, as seen in Interiors & Sources.
THE OPEN OFFICE CONCEPT
The open office floor plan has been the must-have style for any corporate structure looking to try and steal a sliver of the spotlight from Google. But let's face it, nobody likes working in a fishbowl, and we all need our privacy. Articles from the Washington Post and the New Yorker have declared this concept officially dead.
Mad Men was a breath of fresh air to the industry. Teak finishes and Eames chairs will always have a spot in the interior design hall of fame. However, it's time to live and let live and welcome a different, more contemporary, less Jon Hamm, breath of air.
STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES + GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Now I think I can agree with this one, though it will be hard to let go. The stainless steel appliances and granite countertop pairing is to 2016 as mom jeans were to 2015. Just there and seemingly never leaving. However, according to a recent study conducted by Houzz, 75% of homeowners will still be flocking to this design. Niemennen's solution? Black stainless steel. Yummy.
This makes me sad because I think Edison bulbs are such a perfect solution for boring lamps and light fixtures. However, I can understand the reasoning. It's a "trend that won't end," and I agree. With more and more apartment complexes and restaurants springing up embracing this industrial style, it will surely wear out it's welcome.
Thank god. Honestly, my patience was wearing thin with this one. I add it to the same category that houses mason jars and twine: just don't. Niemennen suggests subbing out this sore-eyed trend for something a little more contemporary, like a gallery wall with farmhouse style. And I completely agree with that.
So what do you think? Are these five trends here to stay or dead as a doorknob? Leave your feelins in the comments below!